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Eddystones in Famous Places

Eddystone Receivers were used in some famous places and this is the page where you will find pictures to prove it. We shall add to this page as we find new and interesting pictures.

NEW  BT Coast Station GIL Ilfracombe

John G4ETQ has found more “Eddystones in Famous Places”. This time it is a picture of him at BT Coast Station GIL ( Ilfracombe) which he visited many times during the 1980/90s when working for BT. It shows an Eddystone EC958 in use. BT coast stations played a very important role in communications with ships at sea until the introduction of GMDSS in the 1990s after which they eventually all closed down and ship’s radio officers position was replaced by one of a more engineering role to keep the ship’s electronics up to scratch.



Queen Mary Radio Room

Gerry VE7GUH also found a YouTube video of the radio room on the Queen Mary here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnjqUXxjqOQ.   TheS.700/IMR.54 first appears at around 40 seconds in.  You may wish to post this link to the EUG website.

Gerry VE7GUH also spotted this video on YouTube Alan, a former Marconi Marine ‘sparks’ Radio Officer,  demonstrates the equipment he once operated on the high seas ”back on watch’ in a replica ship’s radio room at Sandford Mill industrial museum,Chelmsford,during International Marconi Day, April 23, 2016.    Note the Eddystone (S670C/Marconi Elettra??) next to the RDF set at around 10 mins in


John G4ETQ in Truro found this picture of Milford Sound Aeradio, New Zealand. It shows three Eddystone’s in use with radio operator John Hill ZL2AYQ c1973. The station maintained CW contact with Christchurch and Dunedin airports, using a pair of Collins 30K5 transmitters and Eddystone receivers.

Photo courtesy J Hill and maritimeradio.org who gave permission for us to reproduce them.



Gerry O’Hara VE7GUH found this photo of an S830/4 located at the Bull Harbour Wireless Station in BC in 1976.  The caption against the photo on the website is:

1976 image of the operator’s position. Amazing to see a 1940’s CSR-5 receiver still in operation. Above it is an Eddystone general coverage receiver, but from its position I’d assume the operators preferred the CSR-5. Far rack held some Marconi XH14 fixed frequency HF receivers with the two tone distress generator below. Next rack had a Hammerlund or TMC general coverage receiver with a row of push buttons to control the HF and MF remote transmitters.  Transmitter site was down on the southern side of the harbor.

   The XH14 receivers provided single side band (SSB) reception.  During the 1970’s amplitude modulation transmissions were being phased out and replaced by single sideband transmissions.  In the rack next to the XH14’s is a Marconi CH25 SSB transceiver.”

Gerry feels that the author is obviously mistaken regarding preferring a CSR-5 to an S830/4: He has used and worked on both extensively and the Eddystone is in a different league…




Found this picture on Facebook promoting Chapels and Churches on the Air. Shows the Rev Arthur Shepherd operating the WAMRAC station call G3NJB in the 1970’s. Note the Eddystone receiver in a rather nice looking operating console.

Arthur operating G3NJB WAMRAC club call sign














John G4ETQ in Truro has found some more pictures of Eddystones in Famous Places. These two pictures show the West Coast Radio Telephone Station KMI (part of AT&T). They provided voice telephone service to ships at sea, first via AM and later via SSB. KMI was established in 1921 with its receive site a Point Reyes, just to the west of the RCA receive site. (pictures are copyright of MRHS (Maritime Radio Historic Society, who have given permission to use)




Eddystone Receivers in North Atlantic Weather ships

Gerry O’Hara VE7GUH found this interesting Rank Organisation film from 1965 on the North Atlantic Weather Advisor ship. In the days before satellites and long range radar weather information for transatlantic flights and forecasting was provided by these little ships (ex Navy frigates). The shots of the radio room show several receivers including an Eddystone but Gerry is not sure if it is an S680X or S850/2





Eddystone Radios in New Zealand for Maritime Radio

John G4ETQ in Truro kindly sent in these pictures after speaking to Neil Sanderson of NZ net. (all picture credits courtesy of musickpointradio.org or maritimeradio.org )

The first two pictures above are Auckland Radio ZLF (aviation radio which was based at Musick Point along with maritime radio ZLD).






The third picture is Wellington Radio ZLW.
(The op, Peter Baird, retired in Dec 2017 from Taupo Radio ZLM where he had continued to work as a radio op after all the other stations were closed in the early 1990s.)
(Can’t easily identify the sets but I think they may be S750’s and on the last picture, they look like a couple of S1680 channelised sets ….Chris G0EYO)




Click on the URL to download the picture

The Queen Mary Radio Room and its Manager Nate Brightman K6OSC (SK)

Interesting extract from a recent California Historical Radio Society Newsletter sent in by Gerry O’Hara VE7GUH concerning the radio room on the Queen Mary, now a ship hotel in Long Beach. One of the pictures shows the Stratton built IMR54 aka as the Eddystone S700. The article is about Nate Brightman K6OSC, whom the Radio Room on the QM is named after. Nate went SK in 2016 aged 99 years. Nate operated as K6OSC for nearly 60 years and served as president of the board of directors of the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach. The Queen Mary club station W6RO started operation in 1979 and Nate managed it until his retirement in 2013. The picture of the IMR54 in the EUG Quick Reference Guide produced by Graeme Wormald G3GGL (SK) is attributed to Nate Brightman. The article is reproduced with kind permission of the California Historical Radio Society and our thanks to Gerry O’Hara for finding the article and obtaining permission to add to our website in the “Eddystones in Famous Places” section.

NASA and the 770U. This picture shows the 770U in use at the General Electric Missile and Space Division factory on the Stabilization and Control System for the NASA Orbiting Astronomical Observatory (Download pdf 400kb)

BBC film of BBC Caversham/ Croseley Park monitoring station c 1985. Lots of different receivers but it seems some Eddystones were used at the individual monitors. Download this URL 

also remember the Dr No film with the transmitter receiver in the British Embassy, someone has captured a couple of stills from the film Download  

Thanks to Gerry O’Hara and his friend Lorne Bohn for finding these.

Gerry O’Hara also sent me this still from an episode of “The Crown” which shows a shot aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. Gerry is not sure of the model number. This is not a radio room shot – that was full of Murphy B40s and B62s. (download picture)





Anglesey Radio Coastal Station showing EC958 as the main Rx and an EC10A2 with xtal monitor on 2182 kc/s.  (from David Oakden). click on pic to enlarge


Been advised by John Parry GW3VCC that this is NOT Anglesey Radio Coastal Station, does anyone know where it is a picture of, Chris G0EYO EUG Webmaster


Update: John G4ETQ has provided evidence that this view is of Ilfracombe GIL. Thanks John

Niton Radio Station GNI

John G4ETQ supplied this picture from the BT magazine showing Radio Room at Niton on the Isle of Wight showing the EC958s









Radio Room at Deception Base in Antarctica

This is the Radio Room at Deception Base in Antarctica in 1962. David Bridgen G3VCX was a radio technician down there. Notice the Eddystone receiver with the T1154 transmitter and ET4336 transmitter  (click on pic to enlarge)

deception antartica 1962

Fossil Bluff Antarctic station

John G4ETQ also found this picture in one of his Antarctic books








Falkland Islands

This is a picture of a colleague of David’s sending morse with his foot in the Falkland Islands in 1960’s. Eddystone is just visible on the right (click on pic to enlarge)

falklands 1960's dave bridgen's colleague sending morse

David Bridgen sent us some more photographs of his time in the Falklands call sign ZH88 in the 1960’s

(click on pics to enlarge)

David made this key. The base is one and a half by one inch. He connected it and keyed ZHF88 with it to work one of the bases.

key 1 key 2


Photo of ‘Operating Positions 2 and 3. Looking the other way along the operating room. The chicken run of Government House is outside the windows on the left. there is another Creed Perforator on the table in the background.

operating positions 2 and 3 zhf88

This is Bill Evan at the next operating position. You will see the main receiver is a BRT400. The paper in his typewriter is a special size on which we took 5 figure met groups. These would then be put on the DeskFax machine to Bill’s right and sent to the Met office on the hill of Stanley. In thebackground on the left there is a Creed tape perforator sitting on a table. To its left you can see, hanging on the board, a black reel which holds a prepared tape waiting transmission.

bill at zhf88

This is one of David sending traffic to one of the bass using my Vibroplex. It looks as if it is an Air letter. The base personnel could receive one Air letter per month. They would be address to then c/o the Stanley office and we would open them and transmit them to the relevant base. You will notice that the typewriter is fitted with a teleprinter roll. We would take most traffic down on them

me at zhf88

Derek G3NKS

This photo  shows Derek G3NKS in his shack in 1962, when he was in his late teens, with his Dad, Denis G3NKT (who died in 1966).  The shack was in his bedroom at the family home in Redhill, Surrey.  Above the S640 is a homebrew transmitter for 160, 80 and 40m.  In the rack on the right is a transmitter built by G3JDN with an 807 PA covering 80 to 10m.  Above is his home-brew power unit. His Dad had his own shack, with a TCS12 TX/RX combination, in the dining room downstairs but they shared the same “long-wire” antenna with the change-over switch in Derek’s bedroom! (click on pic to enlarge)

G3NKS & G3NKT 1962


Canadian Electron Magazine

Article from Canadian Electron Magazine April 1966 showing Department of Transports Monitoring Vehicle using Eddystone Receivers (download – 3Mb)

Radio Security Service (RSS)

WW2 secret listening station revealed: David Searle ZL3DWS came across an article in the Milton Keynes ARS newsletter written by David White G3ZPA concerning a secret Radio Security Service station run from a bungalow in Colwyn Bay North Wales. The son of Edmund Vale who was the RSS regional officer for Wales spoke to David G3ZPA about it recently and provided some photographs. The interceptors were volunteers although they were exempt from national service. The photographs show the equipment in the bungalow with the radios being seen quite clearly: left to right there is an Eddystone 358, and HRO senior, Two Hallicrafter S20 Sky Champions. The other photograph shows the bungalow and its aerials and the third is believed to be some of the staff at the station. There were a total of 9 regional RSS officers around the country and the network they ran was believed to be looking for radio transmission from German agents based in Britain. Thanks to David G3ZPA for permission to reproduce these.

(to enlarge the photographs just click on them)

Victoria Bungalow

Aerial Array Vic Bungalow

Vic Bungalow Gp B & W

BBC Tatsfield

Eddystone Receivers at BBC Receiving Station Tatsfield. This picture shows part of the receiving station the BBC ran at Tatsfield and shows a couple of  VHF and UHF Receivers 770R and 770U in a rack along with others. Tatsfield was  monitoring everything from MF to UHF and carried out noise measuring and field strength measurements. There is an interesting BBC paper on Tatsfield Download BBC Paper

EddystoneRx at BBC Tatsfield-68